PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) is protesting the use of animals in NBC’s rookie sitcom Animal Practice. Given the track record for new NBC sitcoms, and the fact that our polled readers expect it to be among the first shows canceled for the 2012-13 season, they won’t need to protest very long.
Far more ominous for us is their overall objection to the use of animals in entertainment at all:
There is nothing glamorous about showbiz for primates, big cats, bears, and other animals who are used in television, film, or advertising; exploited as sports mascots; or used as props in novelty displays. Torn away from their mothers as infants, these animals are subjected to abusive training methods and forced to spend most of their lives in small, filthy cages, deprived of everything that is natural and important to them. […]
We beg to differ.
Our cancellation bear is quite glamorous, not to mention well known in the TV industry, and he insists that he’s involved in no exploitation at all. He was born right here at TV by the Numbers, and never subjected to abusive training methods. Far from being kept in a small, filthy cage, he is free to roam the infinite realms of the Internet, running down his canceled TV show victims.
So, hands off the cancellation bear PETA!